The Yost Apprentice Series of bench vises are designed for rugged applications. These vises are constructed from a combination of cast iron and steel. This allows the vises to handle higher clamping pressures than standard cast iron vises.
Yost K5024 24 Inch Parallel Clamp
Yost Tools 312-Y 12" Malleable Iron C-Clamp
Yost Clamp Sets
Yost Vises 455 5.5" Utility Combination Pipe and Bench Vise
Yost M7WW Rapid Acting Wood Working Vise, 7", Blue
Yost K5012 12 Inch Parallel Clamp
I've been looking for a half-decent bench vise for some time. There has always been one of those moments when you say to yourself "man, I wish I had a bench vise to hold onto this piece of wood...... piping.... you get the picture.
I've researched various bench vise and wanted something that was both, practical and not too expensive. I dragged my wife out to Home Depot, Lowes, and Harbor Freight to look at options. What is boils down to is this: just how big of a bench vise do you really need and how much money are you willing to spend?
I will be the first to profess, I am NOT a mechanic or an expert handyman but rather, just a homeowner who likes to work on things here at the house when I know that I can take on a honey-do task and use this bench vise as a third-hand or arm where necessary. Overall, it's perfect for my needs for light-duty work. It also has an anvil on it so that you can pound away at something so long as it's resting on the anvil.
Installation was not too difficult. I tried to match up the holes to a template I downloaded online but found that they did not match. I ended up setting the bench vise where I wanted it to be permanently located and marked the holes in pencil. I then used a 9/16th drill bit and drilled the holes. Afterwards, I then cut two pieces, each about 6" out of a scrap 2X4 to use for a bracket underneath the bench. I drilled the holes accordingly. I then placed the bench vise on top, slid four 1/2" bolts through the base and under the bench, I lined up the two brackets I made into the holes and now, I have a decent set up. I'm very pleased with this bench vise.
PROS: Solid, ease of use, rubber washer on each end of the handle, anvil
CONS: None noted.